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CHiPs (1983)

Season 3 Episode 5

Death Watch

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 13, 1979 on NBC
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Episode Summary


After a fellow officer is killed, Ponch and Jon investigate a crooked stuntman who has been causing accidents as part of an insurance scam.

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  • The worst case: An officer dies during duty. This episode is worth every minute of your time.

    A long, long time this episode was my favourite one. A scrupless guy is deceiving insurances by causing bad looking accidents and then getting money from the real "victim".

    One action fails and he causes a real bad accident. Two officers are involved, one dies. In CHiPs never one of the main cast passes away. So the Grim Reaper catches not Officer Baricza but his "partner" Steve. Never before a partner for a cruiser cop was seen and never after this episode. Very dangerous for a cop in L.A..

    I like the main storyline with the stuntmen, abusing his abilities to "earn" money.

    The second line is a sad one, seeing a young family suddenly without father and husband. Also the grief of the fellow officers. I´m a bit sad that Steve never was remembered later in CHiPs. He was Bear´s partner and not a unnamed victim.

    Fazit: highly recommended episode


    Christopher Stone and Dee Wallace appear together as pair. In real life they married only two years after this job.

    Maybe CHiPs was the place they met first?moreless
Michael Dorn

Michael Dorn

Officer Turner (1980-82)

Lou Wagner

Lou Wagner

Harlan (1978-83)

Robert Pine

Robert Pine

Joe Getraer

Erik Estrada

Erik Estrada

Officer Frank "Ponch" Poncherello

Larry Wilcox

Larry Wilcox

Officer Jon Baker (1977-1982)

Randi Oakes

Randi Oakes

Officer Bonnie Clark (1979-82)

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Actors Christopher Stone & Dee Wallace (playing an on-screen couple Denis & Sheila) met each other during the filming of this CHiPs episode. Stone & Wallace married in 1980 & were together up to his death in 1995.

      Dee Wallace says that they both took roles as a favour to the director - Barry Crane.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • (In the gym, Joe vents his frustration about the officer that was killed)
      Getraer: That was a stupid, STUPID way to lose a man!

  • NOTES (0)